Wednesday 7 December 2016

5,000 take to the city for the Great Dublin Bike Ride

Published 11/09/2016 | 16:44

The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Five thousand cyclists mounted their bicycles at 8 o'clock this morning to participate in the second Great Dublin Bike Ride.

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People travelled far and wide for the event, with participants from Australia and all over the country taking part and ages ranging from 16 to 80 years old.

The event was kicked off in Smithfield by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Rebecca Moynihan, and had a 60km and 100km route.

Each route took cyclists through the city centre, passing the GPO, Liberty Hall, the Four Courts and the Rosie Hackett Bridge.

11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Great Dublin Bike Ride is an initiative from Sport Ireland, who work in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland, Fingal County Council, Cycling Ireland and Meath County Council.

The event was part of the European Week of Sport, which runs until September 18.

11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
11 September 2016; The streets of Dublin and its environs were filled with thousands of cyclists for the second ever Great Dublin Bike Ride. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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